Dual Booting is a nice way to use multiple operating systems on a single computer. This can be useful for Windows users who consider switching to Linux but want to try out the various distributions first before they migrate.
The following video tutorial explains how to setup a dual boot system that you can use to boot into Windows or Linux depending on which operating system you want to access at that point in time.
All you need is a Windows Boot disk, the Ubuntu DVD and some time at hand. You should make sure that you did a backup of all important files on your machine because you probably need to partition the hard drive to make some space for the Linux operating system.
The process is explained in great detail and the question and answer style helps a lot understand how this is done.
Update: The original guide is no longer available. I have found several alternatives on YouTube that you can watch instead to find out how you can dual boot Linux and Windows. Since there are so many instruction videos, I have decided to post several of them right here on the site. Lets get started.
Dual Booting Linux Ubuntu 10.04 with Windows Part 1
This explains how you install Ubuntu using an USB stick or Live CD of Ubuntu.
How to install Ubuntu 11.04 on Windows 7
Dual Booting Ubuntu 11.04 with Windows 7, Vista, XP
This tutorial is a little bit easier as it shows you how to install Ubuntu Linux from within the Windows operating system. This is obviously a lot easier than having to boot into Ubuntu and run the installer from there. It explains how to create a new partition for Ubuntu if you want to do that too.
The tutorials linked above should get you started. I personally would recommend a written tutorial as well, like the one on the official Ubuntu Documentation website.
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